The Olive Branch 1.29.21

What's Up At The Nest...

Principal's Message

Dear OMS families,


We made it through our first 4 day week! We had a great week but could use your help reminding your child about expected school behaviors. The key topics that we had to address as a school were keeping our bathrooms clean (not throwing paper towels/toilet paper on the floor and kicking or unlocking stalls that have been closed to help with social distancing) and playing safely during recess.


Parents, we also need your help during drop off and pick up. We received several phone calls and emails this week regarding morning drop off and the safety of our students. Please take a moment to review our guidelines below. We know that these are stressful times of the day but if we all abide by our procedures we can make it as smooth as possible.


Erin and Julia

Morning Drop off and Afternoon Pick up Guidelines

Guideline Video - Click Here


  • 8:50 am Students MAY exit vehicles
  • Exit from the PASSENGER SIDE ONLY
  • NO drop off along the curve, unless directed by an OMS staff member
  • DROP OFF PROHIBITED along Olive Street, and the N. Pine and N. Belmont cul de sacs
  • Drivers MUST remain in the vehicle
  • ALWAYS PULL FORWARD when traffic allows
  • Items SHOULD NOT be taken out of or placed in the trunk.


Please remember we have over 550 students arriving at school each day. We only have 1 school bus that means unless our students are walking, we have between 200 and 300 cars dropping off and picking up on any given day. With your help, we can safely get all of our students into the building between 8:50 and 9:05/9:10. If you do not want to use the loading zone we encourage you to park in the Orchard Church Parking Lot and have your child walk to the building using the cross-walk with Ms. Vicki.

From Stress to Resilience: Parenting During Unprecedented Times

District 25's Department of Student Learning teamed up with NSSEO, to plan a FREE 10-week "From Stress to Resilience: Parenting During Unprecedented Times" course for District 25 parents and caregivers. The course begins February 4th, and the content mirrors that of the 10-week District 25 staff course that began two weeks ago.

  • Registration is open through February 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm.
  • Click here to learn more and to register.

Special Education Middle School Transition Night

Who: 5th-grade parents of students with IEP's

When: Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at 7 pm

Where: Zoom,

https://sd25-org.zoom.us/j/89268805489?pwd=bW9aYnhYVlBDdEhvYi85eVZlQ2QzZz09


Link to the D25 page with more info:

https://www.sd25.org/Page/2#calendar1/20210222/event/41355

Music for Youth - Beginner Openings!

The move to expanded in-person learning has allowed D25’s Music for Youth program to offer a very limited number of openings for in-person instruction for families interested in cello or violin lessons. We have 4 openings for cello and 1-2 openings for violins. Classes will be held in a small-group format with a parent required to attend and participate in learning with their child. Classes will be held weekly on Thursdays in the early evening at South MS. Tuition is $275 plus instrument rental. Openings will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If interested, please contact Karen Noorani at kcnoorani@gmail.com no later than Monday, Feb. 1. Once these available openings are filled, we will maintain a waiting list for families wanting to start later in 2021 when we can return to a full Beginner program.
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Questions? Please reach out to your OMS teacher or your administrative team.


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Ms. Erin Davis, Principal edavis@sd25.org

Mrs. Julia Pemberton, Assistant Principal jpemberton@sd25.org